Hull sack manager Grant McCann just seven months after guiding club to League One title with Tigers 19th in Championship

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Hull sack manager Grant McCann just seven months after guiding club to League One title with Tigers 19th in Championship

New Hull boss Ekun Ilikli says the club are about to start an ‘incredibly exciting time’ after the sacking of manager Grant McCann.

The Tigers issued a statement confirming the departure of McCann and his number 2 Cliff Byrne, who led them to the League One title last season.

McCann took over as Hull boss in June 2018

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McCann took over as Hull boss in June 2018credit: getty
Tigers boss Ekun Ilikli felt the time had come for a managerial change ahead of an 'exciting' new era at the club

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Tigers boss Ekun Ilikli felt the time had come for a managerial change ahead of an ‘exciting’ new era at the clubcredit: Rex

Peterborough boss McCann, 41, arrived at Hull in June 2019 after a year in charge of Doncaster.

The Tigers’ third-tier success last season was their first league title in 55 years, but they have had an inconsistent campaign in the championship and are ranked 19th.

Turkish businessman and media personality Ilikli, 52, completed the acquisition of Tigers last week.

He said: “Grant has done an excellent job for this football club in difficult circumstances, especially during the acquisition process, and for this I extend my heartfelt thanks.

“These matters are never easy and often don’t last long.

“Throughout this process, Grant has always been professional and focused on the team as a whole, and will be a friend of the Tigers forever.

“I am sure he will succeed in whatever his next challenge is.”

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McCann won 53 of his 136 matches at MKM Stadium – including his last two matches – but Ilkali felt it was time for a change.

He said: “Now is the time for change and for me to start building, which I think will be an incredibly exciting time for the club.

“I have a philosophy and a belief that our project should start as we want to move forward and that includes my team.

“I understand that timing can feel awkward after two good wins, but I wouldn’t be fair or honest if I only waited for a defeat to change managers.”

Ilkali said McCann’s replacement will be “announced very soon” and former Georgia boss Shota Arveldez, who is currently unattached, has been linked to the position.

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